The Murder of Stephen Lawrence

ITV releases first look images of Sharlene Whyte and Steve Coogan in new drama Stephen

Sharlene Whyte (Small Axe) and Hugh Quarshie (Breeders) star as Stephen Lawrence’s parents, Doreen and Neville.

Steve Coogan (Philomena) plays DCI Clive Driscoll, the detective who led the investigation into the murder of their son Stephen.

The sequel picks up the case in 2006, 13 years after Stephen’s death on the night of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack at a bus stop in Well Hall Road, Eltham.

Steve Coogan, Sharlene Whyte and Hugh Quarshie to star in sequel to The Murder of Stephen Lawrence

Whyte will play Doreen Lawrence alongside Hugh Quarshie who will reprise his role as Neville Lawrence, while Steve Coogan will lead the investigation into the murder of Stephen as DCI Clive Driscoll.

Alrick Riley will direct the series written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Cottrell Boyce, while Paul Greengrass, who wrote and directed the original in 1999, will serve as an Executive Producer.

Riley said: “The case of Stephen Lawrence is a testament to the fortitude, persistence and determination of the Lawrence family.

ITV announces sequel to The Murder of Stephen Lawrence

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The original drama, which first aired in 1999, dramatised the aftermath of Stephen Lawrence's murder.

In April 1993, 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was killed in a racially motivated attack by a gang of youths in Eltham, south London.

When the initial investigation failed to convict those responsible for Stephen’s murder, his parents led an extraordinary campaign for justice, resulting in a public enquiry into the police investigation and led to sweeping changes to law enforcement and police practices in the UK.